Will free anti-virus protect your computer?

Malware is a category of malicious code that includes viruses, worms, spyware and adware.  If you haven’t been watching the news lately, well Corporation hacking and virus infection computers are out of hand.  Even Mac computers are getting infected much more commonly now.  Lately there are lots of offerings for free antivirus programs.  Are these free antivirus clients going to protect your computer against a virus infection? 

The short answer is no, we do not recommend using free antivirus software, unless you cannot afford a paid antivirus solution. But don't be cheap! you will regret it later! From our years of experience, I’ll say in legal terms “OUR OPINION” because I am not attempting to slander any such brands, we have found that free anti-virus and the ones provided by your ISP are a false since of security.  There is no real-time preventative protection and they don’t perform well as far as catch rates and performance. 

Most computer users have infections and don’t even know it even when their antivirus program says “protected”.  In fact, there are infections that exist that no such anti-virus program can remove and repair the damages they did. These infections require manual removal by proprietary removal programs that are designed for that one particular infection.  Some examples are ransom ware and rootkits. Rootkits are viruses that are adept at hiding from antivirus software, and many times they can only be removed from outside of Windows, meaning that you have to slave the drive to another computer or use a boot disc to try to remove the rootkit. If the anti-virus program attempted to remove this infection and failed, your computer probably would no longer boot up.  Then who is to be blamed for wrecking and crashing your computer? Because of this fact, most anti-virus programs choose to ignore a lot of these infections. Many of the computers that we see in daily at our repair shop for virus removal service either have no antivirus, free antivirus, or Norton or McAfee antivirus software.

 There are also a lot of computer users who deal with the slowness and issues because they fear it’s going to cost too much to fix it.  Then when the snow ball effect as we call it happens, it gets worse and worse to the point it’s broken down.   Taking these risks could end with horrible results.

Gone are the days when you would have to go to some kind of unsafe website, a porn website, or an illegal download site to get affected with a virus.  Now the people writing viruses know that to get your computer affected they need to go where everyone else is going.  The new Known fact is you're just as likely to get a virus on Facebook or in your e-mail as you are from a porn site.  Using a good up-to-date antivirus software is your best defense against a virus.

Now you’re scared to open email and Google recipes right?

A good performing paid antivirus is really the way to go.  With paid antivirus you get real-time protection.  Real-time protection will try to stop the infection before it gets into your computer, with most free antivirus software, if it offers real-time protection it is not very robust.  The problem here is your antivirus doesn't see the infection until it gets in, and then it is usually too late.  Not all paid antivirus programs are the same.  As I noted above, Norton and McAfee are probably the two worst antivirus software programs you can use, even worse than free antivirus in most cases.  The hackers that are writing the viruses know that most computers come with a trial of Norton or McAfee, so they test their virus against these antivirus products first to make sure that their virus will get past Norton or McAfee without getting noticed.

So what’s the solution? Honestly, there is no such bullet proof anti-virus or special one out there that exists!

However, there is hope! The real only solution is to have us perform routine preventative maintenance at least every 6 months for your computer.  It’s like changing the oil and spark plugs on your car.  These just have to be done!  It is very important to at least keep your Java and Adobe Flash up-to-date! 

Routine tune-up service we offer includes a full in-depth malware removal and full tune-up tasks and tweaking services performed will ensure that you are truly safe and using a fast productive computer.

We recommend a well working anti-virus solution combination that works really well.  Gone are the days when you relied on one single anti-virus program to do all the work!  There, I said it! And we are the first to announce that the new age of running two anti-virus programs is now here!  In fact, Malwarebytes is designed to be run alongside your existing anti-virus.  Therefore, if it missed a browser hijack or adware bogus program the other one steps in and you have just doubled your security.  We currently recommend Vipre anti-virus or Kaspersky because we have found it to out perform the competing brands.  And running Mawarebytes alongside, We have yet to have had a return customer with infections back at our shop.  Keeping our customers happy is our priority and we have found the solution in “OUR OPINION” that works best!

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